PSG: Kempes advises Paris Messi, « to arrive fresh at the World Cup »
The Albiceleste defended their title at the 2026 World Cup, and Lionel Messi could be in the game. With that in mind, Argentina legend Mario Kempes advises the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to stay at Paris Saint-Germain and not return to Barcelona.
Those who blame Lionel Messi for joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 for the sole purpose of « prepare for the 2022 world cupconsider not liking the lines that follow.
Because Mario Kempes, the man who gave Argentina its first star in 1978 and whose voice remains very popular in the country, rightly advised the seven-time Ballon d’Or to stay at PSG and not return to FC Barcelona in order to … »to arrive at the next World Cup in complete peace of mind« .
« Rely on PSG for physical and mental peace»
As a reminder, La Pulga is coming to the end of its contract in the French capital and seems to have two options for next season: an extension to Paris or a return to Barcelona. « I don’t think it’s good for him to go back. It would be better in France, to be able to arrive at the next World Cup in peace. Especially since Barcelona’s objects are different, they are still rebuilding since he left, and there are a lot of problems at the club’s be”, an estimate of Kempes in the reports offered by Mundo Deportivo.
« He should stay at PSG. Being selfish and thinking only of the national team, I tell him to stay at PSG, for physical and mental tranquility before the World Cup“, Continued the best player and scorer of the 1978 World Cup. But a question definitely arises: Messi, who will celebrate his 39th birthday in the summer of 2026, will he participate in the competition co-organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico? After the Albiceleste’s coronation in Qatar, he was rather pessimistic.
Paris will never extend it until 2026
« I don’t know, I’ve always said that because of my age, it seems to me that it’s very difficult to get there. I love playing (Site notre bureau spécialisé) I love what I do and as long as I’m good and feel fit and still enjoying it I’m going to do it but it feels like a lot until the next world Cup“, he had named to the Argentine daily Olé. The 2024 Copa America, in which the Albiceleste also defended their title, does indeed seem more approved for a farewell.
And even if Messi announces his intention to participate in the 2026 World Cup, is it possible to imagine that PSG will offer three new years of contracts? Clearly not, the capital club is already thinking of letting him leave this summer. Because both the management and the supporters now want players « implicit in the project“, which has never really been the case for the attacker. An attaché angry with the Parc des Princes, let’s remember.
Kempe’s analysis of Park whistles
The question of the whistles of the Parisian stadium was also put to Kempes, and his answer reflected his lack of expertise on the subject: « What happens is that he is playing in France, a country that played the final against Argentina, where they beat them and where Messi was the star player. What’s happening is that it hurts them to see the best player in the world in their team and he’s not performing as well as he did in Qatar.concluded Kempes, whose advice will no doubt be passed on to Messi.
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